Top Things To Do on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Monique La Terra

The Mornington Peninsula may be known for its beaches, but the region has so much more to offer than sand and surf. From art galleries and historical buildings to enchanted gardens and therapeutic thermal hot springs, this list showcases some of the best attractions you probably didn’t know about.

Peninsula Hot Springs


Peninsula Hot Springs

Peninsula Hot Springs

Located 90 minutes from Melbourne, the Peninsula Hot Springs and Day Spa is a place where you can unwind in thermal pools scattered amongst an Australian bush setting. Wander the property in your white robe and discover over 20 bathing experiences including a cave pool, Turkish steam bath (hammam), reflexology walk, mineral showers, hilltop pool and more. For a truly tranquil experience visit the Spa Dreaming Centre and choose from a menu of treatments including body wraps, massages, facials and bamboo showers.

Peninsula Hot Springs, 140 Springs Ln, Fingal Victoria, Australia +61 03 5950 8777

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The Enchanted Adventure Garden


The Enchanted Adventure Garden

Set within 20 gardens, this eco-adventure park offers hours of fun for the whole family. Stroll through three hedged mazes, skid down the tube slides, creep through the 3D Spooky Maze, wander through the sculpture garden and tread through the canopy walk. The Enchanted Adventure Garden also features two tree surfing courses with 50 aerial obstacles including high ropes, zip lines, rope bridges, and a giant Tarzan swing.

The Enchanted Adventure Garden, 55 Purves Road, Arthurs Seat, Victoria, Australia +61 03 5981 8449

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Cape Schanck Lighthouse
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Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Sitting on the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula, Cape Schanck Lighthouse was the second coastal lighthouse built in Victoria and dates back to 1859. This limestone structure is 21 meters high and offers visitors the opportunity to climb the stone stairs to the lamp room which provides panoramic views of the ocean. Overlooking Bass Strait, visitors often spot whales who path through the waters during their migration season.

Cape Schanck Lighthouse, 420 Cape Schanck Road, Cape Schanck, Victoria, Australia +61 03 5988 6184

Cape Schanck Lighthouse and stars (2), July 2015 © Thomas Williams/Flickr

Beleura House and Garden

Beleura House and Garden

Constructed in 1863 the Beleura House and Garden sits as a time capsule on the Mornington Peninsula. From 1948 the home belonged to the Tallis family, and when John Tallis died in 1996 he left the home to the people of Victoria. In November 2004 his dreams of a museum were released and since then the public have been able to enjoy the property in all its beauty. Guided tours are scheduled on selected days throughout the year.

Beleura House and Garden, 42 Kalimna Dr, Mornington, Victoria, Australia +61 03 5975 2027

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Established in 1971 the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is one of the region’s premier public galleries. Its collection encompasses more than 1,600 Australian and International pieces of both traditional and contemporary origin, with a special focus on the cultural heritage of the Mornington Peninsula and Australian contemporary works on paper. The gallery conducts lectures, excursions, artist talks and workshops.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road Mornington, Victoria, Australia

+61 03 5975 4395

McClelland Sculpture Park and Garden

Art Gallery, Park

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Hiding amongst 16 acres of ti-tree forests, bracken paths, heathlands, landscapes gardens and lakes are more than 100 permanent sculptures of Australian and International significance. Established in 1971, the McClelland Sculpture Park and Garden hosts exhibitions and special events and attracts 130,000 visitors annually. Feature sculptures include Peter Corlett’s Tarax, John Kelly’s Alien, Clement Meadmore’s Paraphernalia, Louise Paramor’s Top Shelf, Lenton Parr’s Customs House screen and many others.
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